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Does Weight Control Impact Eye Health?

There are “marquee” co-morbidities of poor weight control that garner lots of attention such as diabetes mellitus, many types of cancer, heart disease, pain syndromes etc.  We usually do not think of the association of weight control with visual/eye “health”, so here goes:

Poor weight control can lead to several eye issues, some of which are quite dangerous.  Obesity causes an increase in intraocular pressure, which, in turn, can lead to an increase risk of developing glaucoma.  This impacts over 3 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of blindness in our country,

Other eye-related issues that are seen with increased frequency in obese people include: diabetic retinopathy, floppy eyelid syndrome and cataracts.

There are many reasons to shed the excess weight and keep it off.  Many of those reasons are life-threatening.  Eye/visual “health” is lower down the priority list of reasons but we all would opt for good vision as we progress in age.

Without Mr. Google’s help, (or Mr. Bing’s), who sang the 1972 song “I Can See Clearly Now”?   Enjoy a song that is 48 years old (yikes!)

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